Last week, aging televangelist Pat Robertson sparked outrage when he waxed wistfully about how Jesus would have never baked a same-sex wedding cake because back when Jesus was alive they solved that problem by stoning them all.
Now it seems, Pat Robertson is at it again, this time taking aim at both Judaism and Wicca.
On Monday’s 700 Club, Robertson sat down with the Religious Right’s favorite rabbi, Daniel Lapin, to promote the rabbi’s new book as well as the stereotypes that all Jews are made of money but not all that good with their hands.
“You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns,” Robertson told scandal-ridden Lapin, suggesting that they paid other people to do such manual work.
Later in the interview, Robertson once again stressed the supposed financial prosperity of Jews, telling Lapin that Jews are “polishing diamonds, not fixing cars.”
While Lapin seemed amenable to Robertson’s remarks, many in the Jewish community pointed out that Robertson’s words sounded an awful look like anti-Semitic Elder of Zion talk.
“Pat Robertson has succeeded where thousands of years of Elders of Zion-style conspiracy theorists have failed,” Anne Cohen mocking wrote in the Forward, referring to the alleged Jewish plot for world domination often used to target Jews. “Whew. Glad we cleared that up. Now back to counting my gold dubloons.”
Then today, Robertson, perhaps still basking in the glory of his anti-gay and anti-Jewish rants, took on one of the friendliest Wiccans ever to come across a televangelist and promptly told him he was going to Hell.
In a letter to Robertson, good guy and Wiccan Tim told Robertson he always helped his neighbors when he could and asked,”Does that mean by your Christian beliefs that I’m going to Hell?”
Robertson promptly told Tim that God did not stand for the sin of witchcraft and being nice was not going to help him into heaven.
“Being a good person and helping people, when you get to the end of the road and stand in the pearly gates, God’s going to say, ‘You’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever had to send away from here,’” Robertson told Tim. “Because that doesn’t cut it.”
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